The memorial pillar was erected in memory of David Scott at Cherrapunji. He was a political agent to the Governor General on the North-East Frontier during British period. Born in Scotland in 1786, David Scott worked in India in various capacities. He died on 20th August 1831 at the age of 45 years. His remarkable contribution was to take a horse cart track through the hills of Meghalaya linking Assam with Bangladesh. The obelisk is made of ashlar stone masonry raised over a square platform. An inscription is engraved on the memorial pillar.
David Scott was in the employee of East India Company during the very tough colonial days. Considered as a sincere and dedicated worker, he became an agent to the Governor General on the North-East Frontiers of Bengal. David Scott was sent to Cherrapunji in his capacity as the Commissioner of Revenue Circuits of Assam.
A commemorative monument is erected in Saitsohpen, Sohra in honor of David Scott. A massive brick structure - memorial built in honor of David Scott is standing high in the land of rain - Cherrapunjee. The mountainous expanse of Meghalaya and the surrounding terrain is mesmerizing. The obelisk is made of ashlar stone masonry raised over a square platform. An inscription is engraved on the memorial pillar.
David Scott was both an outdoor freak and a trail blazer. In those early days of the English company's rule, going into an unknown terrain was fraught with dangers. The pioneers had to tackle wild mosquitoes, poisonous snakes, wild animal and extremely heavy rain in this part of NE India.The areas were heavily wooded, cutting a taril was a strenuous job. David, with the help of natives, explored many areas of Assam that had not been tried before. Sometime, he would venture into dense wooded areas with a hunting party.